Drug Ratings for TRAZODONE HCL

Average Rating: 3.0 (112 Ratings)

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 4  insomnia odd dreams, notice that with the higher dose, 50mg vs 25mg, i feel much more awake in the am and don't have the "hangover" feeling........any insight to this? Only takes a half hour to go to sleep versus well over an hour. Only wake 1-2 times and can fall back asleep more easily. Also, find more clarity of thought in the daytime hours. This is life changing for me...........difficulty getting to sleep and would wake 3-4 times a night with great difficulty in falling back asleep. I am taking Fluoxetine (prozac) and find no trouble in adding this to my routine. F 52
50mg 1X D
3/31/2012
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 4  
4/30/2004

 4  SLEEP
1/3/2004

 3  
2/9/2005

 2  Insomnia It left me very, very relaxed which in many people would put them to sleep, but not me. It causes night sweats, which I never get when I sleep. Left me extremely sluggish all day the next day. I was prescribed 50mg for insomnia in attempt to get me off of Ambien 10mg at my request. I also tried Vistaril for sleep, but it was like taking Benadryl and didn't do anything. So needless to say, I'm back on good old Ambien again. F 25
50mg 1X D
7/13/2010

 1   F 29
1X D
5/2/2010

 1  insomnia heart palpitation, blocked nose hart felt like it will come out of chest. nose blocked completely so could not sleep at all all night. was breathing through my mouth the entire night. this happened 2 two times immediately after taking the med, so i know it is caused by the med. M 34
1X D
12/3/2012
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 1  Sleep I had no sleep all night . I was trying to sleep got up in dark and saw what looked like blood all over the white walls and closet. Then I had animals in room flying walking I also had blacks spots as well. I'll never take it again. F 47
50 1X AN
11/9/2012

 1  sleep E.D. I GOT PRIAPISM. E.D. and now it as not wokded since. please be carfull take this drug. M 41
8/12/2008
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 4  insomnia, depression Sinuses clogged up 1/2 hour after taking it, but were clear the next morning. Slept great, but woke up groggy and had blurred vision. Felt a little disoriented and stayed sleepy all day. Also made me hungry. It worked great for the insomnia so I will probably continue taking it and maybe just lower the dose to see if that helps decrease the side effects. F 28 1 days
6/3/2008

 4  for the high 1 days
11/8/2012

 2  insomnia due to abdominal pain Throbbing in head, some drowsiness, but no sleep Yet another weird antidepressant pushed on me by dr. reluctant to prescribe a benzo. My first experience was in ER. I was in a holding room in a the ER walk-in area & it was COLD. The night nurse gave me Trazodone; it only made my head throb (tho not ache); the nurse said it might help my IBS pain too...well it didn't & I still cldnt sleep until she broke down & gave me Ativan (yay!)I will say this for trazodone: at least it didn't drive me nuts like paxil or zomb me out like remeron; it was merely ineffective. M 60 1 days
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4/10/2012

 1  insomnia I guess what i had would be called a paradoxical effect. Four hours later I was wide awake an slightly agitated ( though not a panic attack). The only way I got to sleep ( after taking 1 mg melatonin to add to the Trazadone) was to take 0.5 mg Ativan, which I had successfully tapered from and gotten off 7 weeks earlier. I know many people who swear by Trazadone. There really are individual differences. I had tried this drug a few years ago ( for 3 weeks with varying doses up to 100 mg) with equally horrible results but thought I'd give it another try. F 72 1 days
50 mg 1X D
9/13/2012

 1  Sleep Trouble - Wake in 3-4 hrs Within half hour of taking shortness of breath - like an elephant on my chest. Had to sit up and watch TV for a few hours before I could lay back down and try to sleep Did not help with terrible side effects. I take no other medications that would have contradicted. M 46 1 days
100 MG 1X D
11/30/2010

 1  Insomnia My experience was horrible. It was like the drug took over my body from the neck down, but did nothing to shut my brain off for sleep. I didn't sleep a wink! For a couple of hours after taking it, It was like my body would not breath on it's own. Like I was having to remember to breath in every time. Will never take again. M 50 1 days
50 1X D
4/13/2011

 1  Insomnia Five terrifying episodes of sleep paralysis in one night (usually have only one or two a year); extreme anti-cholinergic effects: sinuses dry and blocked and only remedied with neo-synephrine spray, otherwise breathing was impossible; incredible dry throat; thirst; confused and exhausted in the morning; mentally very dulled and slow. All this from one dose of 100mg (generic by Pliva). Lost an entire day waiting for relief from side effects. A week later I tried taking only 25mg and got more side effects than benefits. No sleep paralysis, but anti-cholinergic effects at lower intensity. Similar mental dullness. In sum, the worst prescription drug experience of my life. M 49 1 days
6/8/2006

 1  Stress during flight turbulances I passed out in the flight and the flight had to be aborted. Apparently 3 Drs on board could not locate my pulse and they had revert back to port for EMT. Woke up in ER. Would not recommend this to my worst enemy! M 57 1 days
50 2X D
8/16/2012
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 1  insomnia I took only once and at first felt groggy. I fell asleep within an hour but kept waking up with severe anxiety. I had really horrible dreams and they seemed to continue even when I woke up, sort of like a half awake half asleep state. Ugh! My insomnia worsened and I had dry eyes,dry throat, stuffy nose and back pain . I finally got out of bed at 4am because I felt so much anxiety, back pain and restlesssness! It was the worst night I've had in ages. I took 100 mg just one time. Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently. This drug is not for me! F 55 1 days
10/9/2008

 1  Depression, Sleep I took half a tablet (25 mg.) and it caused Cervical Dystonia within a few minutes. It also caused nausea, tiredness and some slight dizziness. I felt some indigestion as well. My breathing felt a little weird also. This might be due to the anticholinerginic properties of it. [Note: I only took it one time and stopped it]. Labeler - Teva USA M 52 1 days
25 MG. 1X D
5/8/2014

 5  insomnia due to bupropion drowsiness, dizziness This drug worked TOO well. It was wonderful for sleep, but the two times I took it, the next day I felt like a zombie. I couldn't wake up and felt dizzy all day. Won't be taking it again since I need to be able to function at work. F 33 2 days
25 mg 1X D
8/21/2011
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 1  Insomnia Severe Allergic Reaction that started with a stuffy nose and progressed to hives, reddened skin, increased pulse rate, increased blood pressure and a major crisis which required medical intervention. The first time I took the medicine, I noticed my pulse rate increasing. I decided that maybe I took it too long before going to bed. The 2nd time I took it, my nasal passages immediately closed up, and I got up and took a dose of Benadryl so that I could breathe. By that evening, I had raised lesions on my thighs and my entire trunk was becoming red and hot. I contacted a dermatologist online who instructed me to stop the Trazadone, as I had experienced a severe drug reaction. My attending physician did a follow-up and confirmed the same. It has been 2 weeks, and my skin is now peeling, but not fully healed. F 56 2 days
50mg 1X D
10/25/2011
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 1  Insomnia, depression Very strange dreams,very hung over next day For me it did help with sleep, but give me Ambien any day, this is one drug I don't want to give it a try, 2 days and I feel awful. M 54 2 days
7/12/2009

 3  Prescribed for sleep 3 years ago Well, I havne't taken it in a while. I got the medication back in 2004 for sleep. Now that I am in tooth/gum pain-I wanted to try it with Vicodin to keep me asleep! I cut the Vicodin in 1/2 since I want it to last longer. I cut the 50mg of Trazodone into 1/4. I took the medication at 12am. I went to bed at 1am. I had to wake up at 7:30am and I had to run errands early so I left home at 8:30am today. I should have went to bed right after taking it! I noticed that I do NOT get a headache from taking Vicodin. I have had a headache ALL DAY LONG and it's due to the (ONLY) 14mg of Trazodone that I took last night. I also have horrible stomach pains AND diaheera. I know I will NEVER take Trazodone with any other drug again and If I do decide to take it, I will go to bed and make sure I can get 8 hours of sleep. I am still sleepy or in a brain fog and it is 7pm of the next day! At least my toothache is gone, needless to say! F 31 3 days
5/7/2007

 3  Insomnia I was prescribed to this for insomnia... after taking 50mg at night, I was so dizzy the next mornings and it dragged on to the afternoon. I couldn't maintain my normal work-out routine without giving up in the middle of it because I was mentally and physically drained for no reason. The biggest difference in me is my loss of appetite. I usually eat everything in sight but now I'm only eating about 1000 cals a day which is causing me to be even more dizzy. I am going to start cutting the pills in half to see if this helps. F 21 3 days
50 1X D
10/16/2012

 2  Insomnia Drunk and dizzy. Still dizzy the following day! This drug made me sooo dizzy about 30 mins after taking and the entire following day. I gave it three strikes. I do not like this drug at all. It did, however, help me to sleep but not worth the side effects. Give me Ambien anyday. F 35 3 days
100 1X D
3/19/2010
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 1  Insomnia Had the worst headache of my life for three days straight after taking this. Lost peripheral vision in my left eye for two hours before immediately stopping and calling the doctor. The "hangover" feeling is a lot more awful than you realize: my mouth and throat were so dry, I started choking. Ambien was far more gentle to me. F 27 3 days
50mg 1X D
2/7/2012
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 1  Depression/Anxiety/Insomnia Woke up with tinnitus - 2 years later I still have it. This was shortly after increasing my dose from 50mg to 100mg (I was on 50 mg for a couple of weeks). F 3 days
100 1X D
7/7/2014

 5  Anxiety/Panic Amazing no side affects except the ones i was taking it for(sleep). I got a good night sleep and was finally able to relax. F 21 4 days
1/22/2005

 5  Anxiety/Panic Amazing no side affects except the ones i was taking it for(sleep). I got a good night sleep and was finally able to relax. F 21 4 days
1/22/2005

 3  Severe Insomnia Slight nausea and lethargy upon waking, headaches, yawning I was prescribed Trazodone HCL at 50 mg for insomnia, but it has a bonus of helping with my Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety/Panic Disorder, which it is actually indicated for. An also added bonus is that it is not a benzodiazepine (which I have used two types of--Xanax and Restoril), but a tricyclic antidepressant, and is purported to be non-addictive per discussions in an addiction treatment website ( trazodone is used to help addicts cope with withdrawal). I took Xanax for anxiety/panic attacks but had to taper off of it due to hypotension (withdrawal was PURE AGONY), so taking a tricyclic antidepressant is doing well so far. Thus far at 50 mg, it is not doing much to help with insomnia, but I have only taken it for four days, and good affect is reached at two weeks. I have been told to take it one hour before going to bed, but I am going to dose at two hours to see if it will work better. F 49 4 days
50 1X D
5/15/2014

 2  Insomnia Within 15 minutes of downing the pill, I get terrible stomach pain and then I get super dizzy. I've also been having pretty bad back pain every day that I've been on it the night before. Stay away. M 23 4 days
50 MG 1X D
1/11/2013

 1  Insomnia related to fibromalaygia Extremely groggy the next morning; Unable to sleep; slightly agitated; horrible nightmares F 40 4 days
10/2/2012

 1  Insomnia Severe leg cramps This was prescribed for my insomnia. It put me right to sleep. What was not nice was waking up my roommate in the middle of the night screaming my heading off as I sat bolt upright with the worst leg cramps I had ever felt. I ate banana's. Same thing happened the next night. Took potassium supplements. Same thing happened the 3rd, 4th, and 5th night. Never will take them again! M 34 5 days
50mg 1X D
7/25/2012
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 3  Insomnia The day after I take it I have a headache. It really helps me sleep. But you need to take it immediately before getting into the bed. If you take it and don't go to bed the sleepiness will pass and you're back to where you started...awake. F 26 7 days
4/3/2006

 2  INSOMNIA STUFFY NOSE STUFFED UP MY NOSE SO MUCH THAT I COULDN'T BREATH THROGH IT THEREBY NOT ALLOWING ME TO SLEEP WELL. F 35 7 days
1X D
6/26/2010

 1  Insomnia Confused state next morning. Felt like it took over my whole body but didnt shut down my mind. Felt like I was paralyzed in a relaxed state. Felt paralyzed in a relaxed state. My body was ENTIRELY relaxed but my mind was COMPLETELY active. It was a horrible feeling of paralyzation. F 21 8 days
100 MG 1X D
7/8/2012

 5  For sleep,tension attitude More libido unusually horny,sexually aroused imagining having sex thoughts of course woman :) I'm straight !!!! Helps with sleep in 30-45 minutes,regardless with or without food...!!! M 10 days
25 MG
6/5/2012
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 1  depression Heavy headed, sore muscles,back muscles ached all the time ,first manic and then sluggish. constant fatigue.After 15 days tapered off and withdrawal was a NIGHTMARE. Felt like I needed to be in a detox center. Flu like feeling, constant nausea.indescribable discomfort. Crying spells . Didnt dress for days. After 10 days things are some better but I still dont feel good.This syndrome is listed on web sites but I had never heard about it A NEVER AGAIN DRUG for me. All this on 50 mgm for two weeks!!We are all so biochemically different. Amazing F 65 15 days
3/4/2007
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 1  depression Heavy headed, sore muscles,back muscles ached all the time ,first manic and then sluggish. constant fatigue.After 15 days tapered off and withdrawal was a NIGHTMARE. Felt like I needed to be in a detox center. Flu like feeling, constant nausea.indescribable discomfort. Crying spells . Didnt dress for days. After 10 days things are some better but I still dont feel good.This syndrome is listed on web sites but I had never heard about it A NEVER AGAIN DRUG for me. All this on 50 mgm for two weeks!!We are all so biochemically different. Amazing F 65 15 days
3/4/2007
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 2  Insomnia and minor depression No changes in sleep for first week, second and third week it felt like my whole body was asleep except for my head which happened on multiple occasions, terrible feeling. M 17 20 days
50mg 1X D
7/23/2012
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 5  insomnia No side effects I began taking it about a month ago at 50mg. It has aided in helping me fall asleep and stay asleep. I awake feeling refreshed and well rested. I have tried other sleep aids and this one is the best out of Ambien and the others. I feel no addiction to it and haven't any undesired effects. F 39 30 days
9/16/2009

 4  Dysthmia vivid dreams during the first month M 41 90 days
12/19/2004

 5  insomnia / depression No side effects. Felt good in the morning after sleep. Taking 50mg 30m before bedtime. No trouble falling asleep. Wake up only once instead of every hour on the hour. Easy to fall back asleep if I do wake up. M 34 2 weeks
5/29/2005

 2  Insomnia Increased libido, arrousal, and erections during the morning after. Loss of orgasm. Frequent sleep paralysis, night terrors, death like panic attacks. Although my libido and such increased, I was unable to orgasm through manual stimulation or sex with my wife. She complained that my penis was harder then usual when engaging in sex, I had noticed this as well and it became uncomfortable for the both of us. The frequency of sleep paralysis and night terrors was negating the effects of falling asleep and soundly. I have had sleep paralysis since I was a kid and this really took it to the edge. Ever have a conversation with the devil, with him asking you to turn around and look at him? It's an awful state to be in, body is dead, but the mind is working wonders with your imagination, and the thought of death coming over you as one of them. Needless to say, I gave it a chance but it was to much to handle. I am now on low dose (5MG) Lunesta and sleeping soundly! M 29 2 weeks
50 MG 1X D
8/7/2012
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 2  Insomnia Added this to my slew of deppression meds..Im on Wellbutrin, Cymbalta and Seroquel. Doc put me on 50mg of Trazodone for insomnia and it didnt work so he raised it to 100mg. I fell asleep but experienced horrible nausea in the morning. I have 2 kids and it felt like morning sickness in the worst way. Stopped taking it..no more nausea. F 28 2 weeks
1/28/2010

 3  Insomnia Dizziness,fainting,hangover feeling nextday, and heavy feeling I passed out twice and hurt my damn self on this stuff. M 16 3 weeks
50-300 7X W
2/28/2012
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 1  chronic insomnia Incredible thirst (incredible urination follows), I felt achy pain in the flesh on my body, felt like I was bruised all over. Tried maximum recommended dosage and still no sleep for me. Oddly, when a moderate amount of the drug was taken and then alcohol consumed, I a feeling of such sleepiness came over me that if I went to sleep, I'd never wake up. F 25 3 weeks
3/25/2006

 1  depression profound and immediate memory loss; mania; symptoms of dementia I am entering this information for my husband, who was prescribed this drug and bupropion (Wellbutrin) at the same time. He had already been taking citalopram, but it wasn't helping much, so the doctor added these two new drugs. Within a couple days, my husband's mood changed dramatically. He had energy and was happy. By the end of the week, however, he had lost both his long- and short-term memory. He didn't just forget the names of family members, he forgot that he had them. He couldn't tie a tie. He couldn't sort socks. He couldn't recite the alphabet correctly. The doctors, a feckless bunch sometimes, decided that he has dementia. At my insistence, my husband started tapering off this drug and his memory has improved. Last night was the first night he was completely off this drug. Today, he is working on our home computer network. He's not all the way back, and I don't know what tomorrow will be like, but I am encouraged. Thank you all for your comments. Your stories gave me the co M 57 3 weeks
9/23/2008

 1  Sleep Started taking for sleep. Increased dose over a few days to 150 mg. Side effects: muscle and joint pain, headache, low energy, constipation, diarrhea, no appetite( LOST 7 pounds cuz of not eating, racing heart and mind, anxiety. Lowered dose to 50mg and still felt bad. Took it down to .25mg and most of the side effects went away. Not effective for sleep. Accidentally took 50mg last night and my stomach and nauseous bad all day. Interrupted sleep. I'm going to try natural remedy. Side effects outweigh the benefits! F 46 3 weeks
Varied
7/24/2014

 5  insomnia None works well put me out could,the next morning I am fine. F 36 4 weeks
100
8/20/2013

 4  Depression This medication certainly isn't without side effects (but it's been said that any medication that does not have side effects, likely will not work)! Here we go: dry mouth, sedation, improved quality of sleep, constipation, increased appetite, feeling out of it all the next day, increased libido, increased frequency and quality of erections and ability to reach orgasm (no complaints about that one), dry eyes and occasional minor visual disturbances. As with most medications, the side effects are most noticeable at first and when the dose is increased. The good news is that if you take it easy and go up relatively slowly, most of these side effects will diminish with the passage of time (although I'm still going up to a max of 600 so I will likely have to deal with them for a while longer every time I increase the dose). I'm writing this primarily for those that might be researching this drug and are just starting or are considering trying it for depression related conditions. I asked my doctor to consider it since through my reasearch I learned that it was related to Nefazodone (which I did very well on for years before it was pulled from the Canadian market). This drug is classified as an SARI (serotonin antagonist reuptake inhibitor), which is to say that it is both a serotonin antagonist (a lower doses) and a serotonin reuptake inhibitor at high enough doses. This makes the way it works different from any other available antidepressant (except for Nefazadone, which is essentially an improved version of Trazodone that is still available generically in the States (wish it was available in Canada). It's brand name (Serzone) was discontinued after several less than convicing reports of liver failures requiring transplants ( the risk is something like 1 in 250 000 and I would take it again in a heartbeat). Some of the advantages of Trazodone over much more popular drugs such a Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor ect... are that it actuall has no detrimental effect on the quality of sleep (something which the SSRI's and SNRI's definetly mess with). It has a strong calming feeling so it could be good for certain people who struggle with anxiety and have trouble sleeping (it is not addictive or habit forming). Most importantly for me anyway, it has considerably less sexual side effects as compared to m M 42 5 weeks
400mgs 1X D
1/21/2011

 3  insomnia and depression Terrible back pain started after a few weeks of taking trazodone. Also constipation. Back pain resolved within days once i stopped taking it. Works well and helps me get a good nights sleep. M 32 6 weeks
50mg 1X D
5/16/2011

 2  Depression, anxiety, sleep Depression became much much worse, I found everything harder to deal with than I did before, sinus issues (not being able to breathe out of nose at night, thus creating dry mouth in the morning), sleep efficiency wore off quickly. I realise drug experiences are different for everyone so I'm sure it works for others, but it was absolutely not the right one for me, I stopped cold turkey with support of psychiatrist 2 days ago. F 29 6 weeks
100mg 1X D
9/21/2014

 4  Depression/anxiety and insomnia If I don't go to sleep within an hour I start to feel a bit I'll, but other than that none. F 32 1 months
50 mg 1X D
8/12/2011
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 2  Insomnia Taking full 50mg makes me groggy, headaches and jus blah. Cut down to 25mg. Puts me asleep but does not keep me asleep. Severe nightmares and nite sweats, headaches, added depression and no energy. Going back to Dr. with hopes of getting something different. F 50 1 months
50mg
8/17/2014

 5  Insomnia for 9 years I had insomnia for years after working night shift. I had finally switched to day shift and my normal cocktail of Benadryl, melatonin, ambien, and Xanax were no longer working. After not sleeping for 5 days straight I finally got put on trazodone. With the first couple of doses I did feel like I was short of breath with a racing pulse. I also had and still do have increased thirst. I am finally able to sleep! I now get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. I feel amazing and I feel that this medicine has given me my life back!!! F 30 2 months
100mg
5/12/2013

 5   I requested this because after years on Ambien, then Ambien CR the past 2 years, I wanted something that would not need to be increased due to tolerance, and did not WANT to take Ambien for the addictive reasons which I've had. I do get a stuffy nose, and dry mouth, red eyes, and have the detailed dreams, but once I wake up and have my first cup of coffee, I do feel better! I definitely helps me sleep better than the Ambien did-although Ambien helped me "fall asleep" faster. My eye doctor put me on Restasis eye drops for the redness (he said he HAD heard of the redness from the Traz) and it helps a little. All in all I can live with these symptoms knowing that the alternative (and I literally have pretty much tried EVERyTHING for insomnia) is not something I want to live with! I feel "free" for the first time in years not being a slave to Ambien!!! My Dr told me I could take 1/2 (25 MG) up to 2 (100 MG). The 100 mg dose cused worse dreams-so I cut it back to 75, then 50 and even cut a tablet so I was taking 3/4 of a 50 mg tablet. I get sleep with the smaller dose, and my dreams are not as bad. Best of all, I tell myself in the morning that I DID sleep obviously because I had dreams! That really helps me mentally to know I got sleep--which I will take over not sleeping at all any day!!! F 48 2 months
1X D
9/21/2012
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 4  Insomnia Dizzy about 15-20 minutes after taking the pill. Sometimes still very sleepy from the medication the next morning. Very good sleeping pill. Knocks me out in about 25 min. I take it most nights but it's especially helpful for the insomnia I get starting a few days before and during my period. F 31 2 months
150 MG 1X D
3/7/2011
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 4  insomnia At first I had major grogginess throughout the day on the initial 25mg dose. I had to increase up to 50mg after just a few days to get the same effect as the 25mg. I am still kind of new to Trazodone. It's mixed with my cocktail of depression drugs, rls medicine, and an anti-arrhythmic (Wellbutrin XL, Cymbalta, Klonopin, Sotalol). If I don't get to bed within an hour of taking the 50mg pill I pass out on the couch. I'm still trying to train myself to get to bed by 11pm or midnight but I have a lifetime of anxiety around trying to fall asleep and failing. I also have a CPAP machine for sleep apnea that was added just after I started the Trazodone. I wake up several times during the night still and I don't know why. M 39 2 months
9/24/2009

 3  Hard time sleeping Very groggy in the morning I was prescribed this because of my trouble falling and staying asleep. Very cheap and works ok but would make me very groggy in the morning. Make sure you take this at the right time. M 27 2 months
6/8/2009

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